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Ajax hoping kids are alright to view replay

Ajax have asked the Dutch football association (KNVB) to allow women and children to attend the behind-closed-doors replay of their cup match against AZ Alkmaar on January 19.

The original match on December 21 was abandoned after 37 minutes when an Ajax fan invaded the pitch to attack Alkmaar 'keeper Esteban, who was sent off for kicking back in retaliation. Esteban subsequently had his red card rescinded.

"We are willing to consider their request, but we asked Ajax to create a plan as to how they will execute this and under what conditions," the KNVB said this week.

Ajax are following the example set by Turkish side Fenerbahce in September last year when women and children under 12 were allowed into a match previously ordered to be played behind closed doors.

Irish Independent